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Printing Press Operation

Although printing presses are becoming progressively more automated, printing press operators are still needed to prepare the press for each job, operate it during the printing process and maintain it between uses. Read on to find out about training and career options in this field.

Inside Printing Press Operation

Offset printing presses are disappearing as digital presses are becoming more common. The job of the printing press operator is very different for the two kinds of presses, although both include press preparation, operation and maintenance. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that most printing press operators are trained on the job, but related formal instruction is growing in importance (www.bls.gov).

Press operators need mechanical and computer skills. For press operation, especially digital press operation, math skills, along with basic knowledge of chemistry, physics and electronics, are helpful. Explore the following Study.com links to learn more about the training necessary to pursue your career.

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